Carmen M. Celenza - age: 80
(May 06, 1934 to March 06, 2015
Old Orchard Beach & Waterville, Maine
A private family graveside service will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco, Maine. Dennett Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made in Carmen's honor to Children's Services, Kennebec Behavioral Health, 67 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901-4901.
Carmen M. Celenza, a long time resident of Waterville, Maine and most recently of Old Orchard Beach, Maine died March 6, 2015. Born in South Euclid, Ohio and raised in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of Dominic and Caterina Lanza Celenza. He graduated from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and he received a graduate degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Upon completing his internship in Psychology at the New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord, NH Celenza accepted a position as a psychologist at the Augusta State Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Following that tenure he accepted the position of Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center in Waterville, Maine, a position he held for 28 years. He was principal catalyst in developing the Center from a part time outpatient clinic with a budget of $25,000 to an expanded budget of $3,000,000 and full complete clinical and support staff of 100 providing multi-clinical services. He was also the principal catalyst in designing and constructing a state of the art mental health building in Waterville and in purchasing another building in Augusta which was later expanded for the provision of children's services. He also taught psychology courses at Unity College, Unity, Maine and consulted to the Stevens Training Center in Hallowell, Maine.
Celenza served as President of the Maine Psychological Association, he was appointed to the Board of Examiners of Psychologists in Maine by Governor Kenneth Curtis, and he was elected President of the Maine Council of Mental Health Centers and co-founder and first President of the Kennebec Child Abuse and Neglect Council. He was also awarded the George M. Robertson, MD Health Care Award. Upon his retirement the Board of Directors of the Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center dedicated its Children's Wing to him. He was also recipient of the Waterville Rotary Paul Harris Award. He was a member of the American Psychological Association.
He leaves his loving wife Claire, cherished children Catherine L. Celenza and partner Norman Jaillet, of Lynnfield, MA, and Attorney C. Michael Celenza, wife Joanna and two dear and loving grandchildren Gianna and C. Anthony Celenza all of Bow, NH. To his family he passes on his passion for operas, symphonies and ballets by composers of the 19th century vintage. He is also survived by his sister Ida Van Gilder of Stow, Ohio, sister-in-law Annette Boucher and her husband Wilfrid, sister-in-law Louise Lavallee and her husband Richard all of Manchester, NH and several cousins , nieces, and nephews and all his very special and dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother John.